Living … One day at a time.

Hello, Good Morning – Welcome to Thursday.

Yup, Thursday it is.

One more day for my work week.

The grand pups will be joining us bright and early Saturday morning to spend the day.

We are SO excited.

 

The first photos were taken yesterday morning while I was waiting for my carpool to arrive.

Cause I just cannot stand around and do nothing.

Sometimes I scour the immediate area for unwanted trash.

There is always something that blows in overnight.

ARGH.

Good exercise though bending over ….

I love the morning sky with the moon still glowing and visible.

The night sky / clouds giving way to the sunrise.

My tree.

My beautiful tree is shedding her leaves already.

But luckily there are still a great many ones remaining.

 

Alvin grabbed his favorite duck and wanted to play.

So we tossed it around for a bit and played tug.

He wanted to take it outside but I said “likely not a great idea bud.”

The toy stayed inside.

 

Well I truly did over sleep.

Mr. Alvin, well we were both up and down.

I think that this cooler damp weather has been playing havoc with his joints / paws.

He is on a form of glucosamine but perhaps just like us there are times when it is worse.

He is resting now and can hopefully sleep today but his Momma, well I have to stay awake and function at the office.

Oh well, I can do it.

Had lots of practice many many Moons ago raising my daughter.

 

Time to fly.

Carpool will be here soon.

Have an awesome Thursday.

 

Spread that kindness with respect to every living creature.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to January 1, 2019.

There is a wall or a bank of dark blue clouds half way up the horizon and clear sky above that …. so beautiful.

I have not seen this in a long time.

There was more snow over night.

There is a crescent shaped moon hoovering in the morning sky.

There is something near it but not a star.

Could it be the space station?

I suppose so.

I am not certain if it is visible to the naked eye.

These are the views from my office window as I key these words for this blog.

A beautiful peaceful morning.

The first day of 2019 and the last day before heading back to work.

It will be shock to both Alvin and I as we have been staying up late, getting up late, he has been eating later.

Tonight will be to bed on time so that 5:00 a.m. does not totally shock our bodies.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a walk in the early afternoon followed by a visit from one of our friends who lives nearby.

I had decided to leave the tree and decorations up so that she could see them.

Most years they are up and down before we see each other.

Not this year – I left the tree and decorations up and they will come down today.

Lots to do on this first day of the New Year.

Back to the regular routine tomorrow.

Back to a new office as well tomorrow.

 

Just curious did you stay up until Midnight to bring in the New Year?

We managed to stay until 11:00 and were in bed by 11:20 p.m.

I am pretty sure that I was asleep before midnight but woke up about 1:30 a.m.

 

I used to make resolutions but have decided against doing so the past couple of years or so.

Now I just make the conscious decision to “live my best life.”

I want to continue to be a good person.

Be kind and good.

Helpful and compassionate.

All those types of traits.

I want to continue to be healthy and will walk more, eat less and drink more water.

Try more new things.

Write more …..

 

Well time to get going here.

Nice to see clear morning sky.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

 

I will not be drinking coffee in the afternoon.

I have totally enjoyed these 11 days off from work.

I spent the days with friends and family.

Bit of work around the house but mainly just enjoying the days.

 

Special Hello to: everyone, Happy New Year.  Have an awesome first day of 2019.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS – warm temperatures today – perfect for a nice long walk.

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 25th day of November, 2018.

The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous this morning.

There is a almost fan-like array of pinks and oranges filling a corner of the sky visible to the sound around the rooftops of my neighbours.

So pretty.

A deep blue cloud bank fills the bottom portion of the sky to the east.

These are my sights out of the office window.

A lighter blue fills the remainder of the sky with dots and dashes of white clouds.

Almost alive sky this morning.

A magpie just flew by …. love their coloration.

 

Today will be spent cleaning upstairs, one more load of laundry, writing more Christmas cards, feeding my friend’s fish, and going for a walk with Mr. Alvin.

Also I want to send some photos electronically to COSTCO to be printed to add to my Christmas cards.

I have a couple of emails to attend to.

Get ready for the work week.

A full day.

 

I can smell the coffee as it perks along almost ready for my taste buds.

Today is also the GREY CUP as Edmonton is hosting this year.

FOOTBALL, North American style.

Two different sets of rules between the styles played in Canada and the United States.

They are not playing but the game is here.

I hope that it will be a nice day and not too cold.

Bundling up is a must …. lots of hot chocolate and coffee?

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do.

I hope that you have an enjoyable day.

Be kind to yourself …. take some time.

In between the noise and chaos that is our lives.

 

Special Hello to: all of my family and friends, thank you for being loving and supportive.  I could not do it without you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of October, 2018.

Wow, I could have slept longer or at least stayed laying down if Mr. Alvin had not kept at me to get my butt up.

We have been up and down since about 3:00 a.m. hence the reason for me being a sleepy head.

Anyway all is well …. we are both up and the day has started.

I snapped some photos as another beautiful day on the way.

I am happily shocked and surprised that my SNAPDRAGONS are still blooming.

It is almost the end of October, 2018.

WOW.

So I have some photos for you to check out.

The sky looks like an artist’s canvas with streaks of white, yellow, dark blue and grey.

The sun is piercing with it’s brightness.

What a glorious sky.

So beautiful.

A few minutes ago when I snapped the above photos the sky had more pinks and light blues but now is as described above.

Funny how the sky had change in mere minutes.

I am sad that I will be digging up the rest of my flowers but wanted to enjoy them as long as possible.

There should be lots of seed pods for me to pick for spring.

You would never know it is almost the end of October from the above photos other than the scarecrow and a few less flowers in my back yard.

Isn’t life grand.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we made a trip to COSTCO.

I still have lots of fruits and veggies so I only needed a couple of items.

Bananas and tomatoes.

A staple in our kitchen.

My daughter stayed for supper and I shared some homemade chilli with her.

We had a visit which was pleasantly interrupted by my friend who popped by to grab the chair to fix in his garage.

After she went home I received a phone call from my youngest brother who lives in Calgary.

We had a great chat.

He is starting his own blog and asked for some tips.

 

Well I guess it is getting late here and there is lots to do.

Next weekend on Friday my daughter is sleeping over and we are putting up … wait for it ….

the CHRISTMAS TREE.

I am over the moon excited for that as it always gives me extra energy and makes me smile.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Happy Birthday to one of my friends “S” who celebrates a birthday today.

 

Special Hello to: my brother T …… enjoy blogging.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of October, 2018.

One week into October.

The sun is rising in he morning sky and it is light but not sunny bright.

 

THANKSGIVING

This is the weekend that we give thanks.

We get together with family and friends.

Sharing a meal or two or three.

Sometimes we share a meal of turkey, sometimes ham or sometimes even lasagne.

Cannot forget the pumpkin pie.

It is not about what we eat.

It is about spending the time with family and friends, with loved ones.

Catching up on their latest news.

Being grateful for having them in our lives.

Being thankful for our lives.

Being thankful for the food that we share.

Being thankful for where we live, for this beautiful country – Canada.

 

It is also about giving back.

It is about sharing that meal with a neighbour who does not have family or loved ones nearby.

It is about opening your home to a friend of a friend who has no where to go.

 

Thanksgiving is about sharing what you have with someone else.

Thanksgiving is being thankful and being grateful.

 

Often times we go about our lives complaining about not having this or not having that.

But in the deepest of realities we have more than we NEED.

 

On this Thanksgiving Day I am grateful to be surrounded by loved ones.

To have more than enough good food to eat.

To live in my own house, the home I am providing for me and Alvin.

To be in good health.

To be able to watch the leaves falling from the trees.

To hear the songs playing on the radio.

To sleep in my own bed at night.

For all of this and much more; I am truly thankful.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from me and Alvin to You and Yours.

 

Special Hello to: ALL of my FAMILY AND FRIENDS – two legged and four – Happy Thanksgiving.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Wednesday Morning and Welcome to the 5th day of June, 2013.

It is a gloriously beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

Earlier when Alvin and I were out for our morning stroll the air was filled with the smell of slightly fresh cut grass and there was a crispness surrounding us.

The birds chirped and sang their songs ….. a bunny hopped by and disappeared into a neighbourhood on the other side of the lake.

As we walked the sun rose higher and higher those brilliant colours filling the morning sky.

Truly the early morning is so great.

 

So my thought for this day is this:  if your pet could talk …. so that you could understand him/her…..what do you think they would be saying?

I can only guess about the words and thoughts that would be flowing from Mr. Alvin.

Somedays it would be “Ah, come on.  Please play with me.”  or maybe “quit being so chintzy with the vegetables” and of course I am more than generous.

He is quite spoiled…..which is likely not a great thing but I look at it this way.  My daughter was spoiled with whatever I could give and do for her (which wasn’t lots by today’s standards).

Oh well, I can only imagine what he would say.

Likely somedays he would just be laughing ……

I know that his sneezes are when he’s not getting his way ….. or he wants something faster than I can deliver.

Maybe if we pay closer attention to what is going on we could figure out what they are thinking.

I love my Alvin no matter what he thinks or does.

He is so cute.  One quick story.  Several weeks ago I slipped on some ice ….. sprained my knee …. I went to physiotherapy and was given exercises to do which I have been doing ….. anyway some of them I do on my (our) bed ….. every time I move the pillows to lay down and do them …. he jumps up … walks over to my face …. licks it …. and then snuggles right close…… same thing every time.  So cute.  Ah, my boy.  He loves his Momma.

 

Well time to fly here.  Work, you know.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to:  pet owners ….. love them as they unconditional love you …..

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.

It is a beautiful morning here in the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The moon is clear in the morning sky.

 

I found that after taking 50 minutes in after work traffic to go 12 blocks that my patience needs some work.

So that is what I intend to do.

More deep breaths and SMILE…….

 

Also I had a super great surprise by a co-worker ….. we had bought tickets together on a 50/50 draw,  and it was our tickets that won.

So it was wonderful, amazing, great to be handed an envelope first thing on the first day back to the office.

 

I helped a friend and a friend helped me ….. all in one night and different friend/neighbours.  Isn’t life grand?  Yes, it is.

 

Alvin and I had a wonderful walk last night and enjoyed the warm winter air.

So great.

 

So today and each day forward no matter the circumstances I shall practice “patience” …. likely it is something that clearly we all can do.

Place a smile on my face and take deep cleansing breathes.

 

I wish you all a great third day of the New Year.

Special Hello to:  all those people stuck in traffic …… eventually we get there …… yes, we do.

 

I am grateful for another lesson learned.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Friday, February 10th, 2012.

Well, it is the day after Thursday.

How are you doing this fantastic Friday morning?

It is 6:14 a.m. here where I am.

The moon shines brightly and the stars fill the morning sky.

The air is a tad crisp but that is more than okay.

Spring is on the way.

I am so excited to hear the birds sing and fly about my back yard.  Perhaps this spring they will nest in the bird house in my back yard.

To see grass start to turn green and the buds on the trees.

One afternoon when me and Alvin were out walking to meet up with Amanda and the puppies …. we stopped to chat with some folks along the way.

They were visiting from elsewhere in the city and said that their fruit trees had already started to blossom with all of the warm weather.

Between the rabbits starting to change to brown and the trees ….. I wonder if Mother Nature is just confused by all of this global warming and doesn’t know what to do.  Mixed up.

Although I love the warm temperatures ….. it makes me curious about the weather to come.  What will spring be like?

I remember as a kid on the prairies …. spring was spring ….. there was that smell in the air …. ice melted gradually as did the snow ….. crocuses filled the fields …. babies were born…. then summer “hot” and bright ….. then fall …. those gorgeous colours that happened in due course, and then winter…… lots of snow …. cold temperatures and sunshine.

Food for thought.  Lots to think about that is for sure.

Well almost time to finish getting ready for work.

Tomorrow I am working at BBW (Bath & Body Works) as we are having a Fragrance Event just in time for Valentine’s Day and will be working on Sunday.

So this is a seven day work week for me ….. but that is okay.

I actually have tonight off and have plans to go out for coffee with one of my friends.

So I hope that this Friday brings to you much love, joy, abundance and FUN.

Happy Day.

Special Hello to:   all those people born in the springtime!

Always, Carol and Alvin …..

Thought for the day……

Well Good Morning ….. today is Tuesday, January 31st, 2012.

What a gorgeous morning …. the sky is clear and the last of the morning stars were in view.

Once I am out of bed and up …. I really love the wee morning hours.

I enjoy those precious moments outside standing on the deck waiting for Alvin ….

Taking deep breathes and looking up into the early morning sky.

I take advantage of those moments by preparing for the day ahead.

Visualizing and focusing on positive energy flow.

Of course, I somedays get sidetracked  by taking in all that surrounds me like the stars in the sky,  or a neighbour’s dog barking.

But I think you get the idea.

Often times we rush around so much that we forget that we hold the power inside of us to create our days ….

Life is so much easier and fun if we work on creating our days ahead of time.

I am still working on the process, and somedays things work better than others.

But I will say this …. when I let something “get to me” ….. like doing a task less than perfect (I am learning a new job) …. it really can spiral out of control.

My confidence level drops.  My “ego” …. Yes, I have one…… we all do.  When it gets bruised ….. yikes.

It is so important to keep that positive energy and focus about you at all times.

Of course, there are times like when you are learning a new job ….. that you might as I do find it “not so easy” but I try.

We are all human …… we are perfect as us …… we hold the power ….

We can do whatever we need to do…….

So whenever you are feeling “human” and not that “super power” …… if you can remove yourself from the situation (go to the bathroom) …..

Be by yourself …. breathe deeply  for a few moments ….. plant a smile on your face …… and go back.

Sometimes we just need time to re-focus our thoughts.

Always important to feel “good” ……. no matter what is going on around you.

As it goes ….. all you need is practise……

Have a great day.

Special Hello: to all those folks out there starting or learning a new job.  We must remember to breathe.

 

Always, Carol

P.S. Alvin was feeling a bit left out so ……

Always, Carol and Alvin (my trusty side kick and confidant) ..

 

Thought for the day……

Well here we are on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011.

When Alvin and I went outside this morning ( 5:00 a.m. ) the warm air touched my face with a tenderness not expected on a mid December winter’s morning. As I waited for Mr. Alvin to do his morning ritual / constitutional or what have you …… I noticed that the sky was crystal clear …. the moon owned the sky with it’s magnificent presence, and the STARS well they were breath-taking.  Alvin and I were outside for at least ten minutes.  He was sniffing around and I was taking in the morning.  So beautiful.  What a glorious way to begin the day.

I am so blessed to live in such a great place.

I hope that you are able to enjoy such beauty as I.

Cheers to enjoying the day from that early morning start till bed-time and every glorious moment in between.

If you are so inclined and have the chance ….. look up ….. you never know what you might see.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.

Special Hello to:  all the people that have Christmas sounding names like: Carol, Noel, Holly, Christine, Mary, Merry, Christian …….

Always, Carol

P.S. thank you so much to my followers, I appreciate you reading my work…..have an awesome day….

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